Life-Giving Thoughts {What are we thinking?}

The thoughts running around in my mind affect my mood and eventually come out of my mouth. It never fails. I guess that’s why Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” It’s just true. And sometimes, it ain’t pretty.

So I don’t want negative, erroneous thoughts stirring around. Because what I think becomes what I believe, which becomes what I say, which becomes what my kids hear.


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I want true thoughts and grace thoughts filling my mind so that truth and grace spill out. So here are a number of thoughts I (try to) think upon throughout the dailiness of life:

    • God, You have called me to be their mom. He designed us for this. He crafted us individually to be “mama” to our specific children. It wasn’t a mistake or coincidence. He called.

 

    • When You call, You equip. He doesn’t place a call upon His children and then leave us to fend for ourselves. He calls and then equips. Through the power of His Spirit and the guidance of His Word, He equips us to train them up to glorify our Lord.

 

    • Let me see them like You see them. I want His vision, especially when tensions rise in our home. And believe me, they rise. I want to see my children rightly so that I can effectively guide them. I want to see their hearts, not just their hands.

 

    • This stage won’t last forever. Remembering that things will change in time helps me engage and embrace the season we’re in today.

 

    • Even this moment has purpose. He is always shedding needful things in us. No moment is apart from His ultimate sovereign ordaining — even the really messy, whiny moments. Choosing to believe changes my perspective.

 

  • Your Word does not return void; I believe You to make it alive in their souls. We cannot change hearts, only He can. But as the mom, we plant the seeds. He then brings the increase. He will eventually make His Word alive in them.

If our thoughts bless and honor our Lord, then our words will bless and honor our Lord, and in turn our children. Praying we are moms who think life-giving thoughts that we would speak life-giving words.

What thoughts do you (or can you) choose to think upon so that grace and blessing flow from your mouth?

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  • Jessica

    Great post!!! Thanks!!

    • http://www.larawilliams.org Lara Gibson Williams

      Thanks, Jessica.

  • http://www.joyfilleddays.wordpress.com Sarah Beals

    Beautiful post, Lara. “What I think becomes what I believe…” True words! Scary words! :) Thank you!

    • http://www.larawilliams.org Lara Gibson Williams

      Thanks, Sarah. It is scary! It’s so vital we stay guarded. (I’m preaching to myself.) Blessings.

  • Fbrooks6599

    I really náeeded to read this today! Thank you!

    • http://www.larawilliams.org Lara Gibson Williams

      I need to read it near daily. Praying for you in your mommy hood today.

  • Sharon

    Oh, how I wish I could toss some of my thoughts into the garbage can once and for all! I appreciate this post and also clicked over to the one you linked to. It really spoke to me. Thank you!

    • http://www.larawilliams.org Lara Gibson Williams

      Thanks, Sharon. Praying His mercies met you in your today.

  • Jenny @ The Southern Institute

    I love this. These thoughts cross my mind on a daily basis, and some days are better than others, believe me! Thank you for sharing your heart on this. :)

  • http://www.raisingyourchildren.net/ Tinamarantette

    “The enemy (Satan) comes to steal, kill and destroy.” John 10:10 He wants to cripple you and make you ineffective. If we let him dominate our thinking, we are goners! Read scripture, learn scripture, lean on it, trust it, memorize it, soak it up and let it fill you. God’s word is powerful. Jesus used scripture to battle Satan’s temptation of Jesus following Jesus’ 40 day fast when He was weakened. This is what scripture tells us about our thoughts.
    “Finally, brothers, (and sisters!) whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
    Our thoughts are part of an invisible but terrifying battle! Dear Christians, to win the battle: “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they (the weapons of a Christian) have divine power to demolish strongholds (like the ones in our minds). We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” To win the battle of our thought life, the above scripture tells us that the word (scripture) is our weapon, and we are to capture every thought. I think of a rodeo as a description: The cowboy rides out twirling his rope, chases the bull vigorously, and ropes the bull. It takes time and practice, but the cowboy becomes skilled and able to succeed. Have your radar up to flash red when a thought comes into your mind that is not worthy. Replace the thought with something that is absolutely true, or noble, or praiseworthy. Turn your thoughts away from yourself. Read scripture, especially verses that tell of God’s excellent promises and creation…you!

    • http://www.larawilliams.org Lara Gibson Williams

      Amen.

  • Happyhomemaker87

    Bless you, Sister. I need to take more consideration of my thoughts throughout the day.

  • Llewsilla

    Solid post Lara – thanks so much. I’m going to post this to our homeschool co-op group – We are with our children 24/7 and it is crucial to be reminded of EVERYTHING you shared above. Thank you

  • Ameriah Sink

    What a great post! Really gives you a lot to think on!

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